Sub-Fund on the reform of the European asylum system

European Asylum: Designing New Ways Forward

The purpose of the project in its second year (April 2016 – April 2017) is to develop and support a “Core Group” of civil society leaders to engage substantively in the on-going debate on European asylum to assist policy makers and politicians in finding practical and politically feasible solutions consistent with human rights principles.

While the main focus of the work of the Core Group is on the long term aspects of European asylum policy, members of the Core Group also work together to react as appropriate to opportunities that arise during the on-going debate and to identify and propose feasible solutions on particular aspects of European asylum policy or practice.

The Core Group interacts regularly, including quarterly face-to-face meetings, and will organise retreat meetings with stakeholders as well as bilateral stakeholder meetings in the course of the project. The Core Group is supported by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe through background research and through MPI’s substantive support for the stakeholders’ retreats.

The project was launched in 2015 with a pilot phase during which selected CSO experts were brought together to forge ideas for a more progressive EU policy on asylum and international protection.

Asylum Information Database (AIDA)

EPIM has alogowarded a three-year grant (2016-2018) to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) for them to sustain and further develop the Asylum Information Database (AIDA).

AIDA was established through an EPIM grant in 2012 and documents asylum systems across 20 countries. By doing so, AIDA aims to contribute to the improvement of asylum policies and practices in Europe by providing all relevant actors with appropriate tools and information to support their advocacy and litigation efforts, both at the national and European level.